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SCI/TECH: Teen Fights Microsoft

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posted on Jan, 20 2004 @ 02:42 PM
Even Microsoft has conceded that they are taking case "a little too seriously". Mike Rowe just wanted to keep up and running.

The 17-year-old student from Victoria, British Columbia, is now getting some serious media attention around the world for refusing to give up his domain name, as demanded by the software giant Microsoft.

After getting a flood of attention and support, Microsoft seems to have relaxed their stance a bit, stating that they were simply trying to protect their trademark.

They are currently trying to settle the matter.

CNN Story Link

[Edited on 20-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]

posted on Jan, 20 2004 @ 04:19 PM
Go little man! Fight it all the way!

posted on Jan, 20 2004 @ 05:48 PM
I think it's finally time for Bill Gates to learn that he is not GOD and that he does not own every man, woman, and child alive on this earth. Hell, if he wants to be god, send him to mars and tell him to start his own damn world!

posted on Jan, 22 2004 @ 12:51 AM
LOL, yeah! He's so bloody paranoid and BIG-HEADED. It's kind of shameful to see that money can make anyone like Bill Gates. Go Mike!

posted on Jan, 22 2004 @ 12:53 AM
Bill Gates is a fake. he takes other peoples soft-ware and makes it better. he perfects it, so the poelpe buy it from him. If it weren't for some other brainiacs, bill would be livin in a van down by the river!

posted on Jan, 22 2004 @ 02:07 AM
Well done ZeddicusZulZorander.

I hope the boy will #### them all.

P.S : Send an email to Mike : or visit his site

[Edited on 22-1-2004 by ultra_phoenix]

posted on Jan, 24 2004 @ 08:43 AM
Well it looks like the kid gave in, and has settled with EviL Microsofty.
And now has a forum site.

posted on Jan, 25 2004 @ 04:00 PM
As companies fight to protect their web presence and trademark rights, they attempt to strongarm legitimate owners of domain names first, as threats are sometimes cheaper than litigation.

A famous case similar in fashion, where Uzi Nissan owned the domain name, fought valiantly to retain his web name. He won and lost, as he got to keep the name, but can no longer use it for commercial business.

It did not matter that Uzi owned the official US Service Mark registration, and was a legitamate corporation in America, and had been established since 1991.

The name had been registered in 1994 and in 1995, Nissan the automaker wrote him expressing concern over the use of the name. In 2000, Nissan the automaker filed suit against Uzi.


[Edited on 25-1-2004 by smirkley]

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